CONNECTS: Feijoada Dinner Fundraiser

Last week Friday, I hosted a dinner party for 10 at my place, launching what will be a series of fundraising initiatives over the next year to help off-set costs for community art projects I'm planning to do in Saskatchewan and in Brazil. These projects will expand on People, Pattern, Place, a series I began in 2015, seen in images below.

The overarching goal of these events, as with my collaborative art projects, is to try and connect people, by literally bringing them together. In this age of social media, we're becoming less social and more insular. I am trying to do my small part to bring people back together. What better way to do that than over comfort food, Brazilian music and wine! The menu was traditional Brazilian Feijoada (a slow food, made with smoked pork hocks, salt-cured beef and black beans) and passionfruit mousse. 

At the end of the evening, I was left with heart-warming gratitude for the positive energy and synergy created by and amongst this group of amazing, creative people. We had architects, writers, entrepreneurs and academics, as well as makers in all sorts of creative arts. It can be a lot of work to host a dinner party, but rather than being left with fatigue, I was left with energy and motivation to host more.  Stay tuned! 

2014: What a year it's been!

2014 - YEAR IN REVIEW! 

It’s that time of year… reflecting on the past, and making goals for the upcoming year. For me, looking back fills me with great pride and a lot of energy moving forward. In early January of 2014, I joked that 2014 was going to be the year of the “Shelley” (playing on the Chinese zodiac). And I've got to say… it was! I had 3 public art commissions come to completion this year, with the MUHC hospital mural being my largest artwork to date. I’m anxious for the hospital to officially open in April of 2015 for the public to see this 640 square feet mural, Structura habitata,  in person. As well, there was the mural "Croissance" (Growth) for an elementary school (École Katimavik-Hébert) in Ville-St.Laurent commissioned by the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board. To end the year, there was the AMT mural (Tissu urban) at the new Saint-Michel - Montreal-North train station...all aboard!  Worth noting, all three of those projects were fabricated and installed by my longtime collaborators, Mosaika Art & Design

2015 is already set to be a big one. I’ve been awarded an outdoor commemorative sculpture commission in Pointe Claire (West Island of Montreal) honouring the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame. Landscape architect Eileen Finn and I are looking forward to breathing some new life into this historical site. I have also been shortlisted  for a project for one of the new LRT stations in Ottawa. The station I’ve been shortlisted for is Parliament Station. No pressure… :-)

I’ll also be starting some new projects and research in Brazil in the coming year, collaborating with communities in Bahia and in Rio de Janeiro.  Stay tuned for updates on these projects on my blog throughout the year. 

Stay happy, healthy, and creative